CASUARINA/NSW – May 4rd, 2022
Following the hugely successful 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by AmpSurf, the ISA is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Pismo Beach and AmpSurf to host the 2022 edition of the event once again in Pismo Beach, California, USA.
Set to take place on December 4-11, 2022, the Championship will feature the world’s best para surfers competing for their nations and the coveted ISA World Para Surfing Team Champion Trophy.
Through their partnership with the ISA, Pismo Beach and AmpSurf will not only be able to showcase their world-class destination for para surfing, but also help further the ISA’s mission to see para surfing included in the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.
As the governing body for the Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is currently evaluating sports for the LA28 Paralympic Program. The ISA is recognized by the IPC as the International Federation for para surfing and as such will be submitting the sport for consideration to the IPC. The World Para Surfing Championship plays a key role in this Paralympic strategy as the global platform for universal access to the sport and the highest showcase for para surfing talent at an elite level.
Para surfing has experienced significant growth since the first ISA World Para Surfing Championship in 2015 (originally titled the World Adaptive Surfing Championship). During that period, the ISA has continued to refine the Para Surfing Classification system in line with IPC requirements and encouraged its network of 110 member nations to host national and regional competitions.
134 athletes from 24 countries participated in the 2021 edition of the event in Pismo, breaking records and further building on the amazing global growth of the sport.
Women’s involvement also saw greater numbers in 2021 than ever before. Gender equality is a pillar of the ISA’s mission, and the organization is invested in further promoting gender equity in each surfing discipline.